For the rest of the summer, the National Football Post will be breaking down every team in the Football Bowl Subdivision (formerly known as Division I-A) to identify players who could warrant the most interest from NFL teams in the 2011 draft.
Therefore, today we take a look at the Indiana Hoosiers.
QB Ben Chappell: No. 4 (6-2, 240)
A thick, compact quarterback with good overall girth through his upper body, but looks short by NFL standards. Exhibits a strong arm, generates impressive velocity behind his throws and has a real gunslinger mentality. Is at his best when asked to get the football down the field. Has the ability to certainly make all the throws at the next level and looks most comfortable when asked to hitch and step up into throws as he waits for routes to develop vertically.
However, isn’t a real polished passer at this stage in the underneath passing game, has a tendency to often fall off throws, gets overextended with his base and has a noticeable loop/wind up in his release. Isn’t real comfortable consistently recognizing defenses, fails to quickly decipher pressure and will throw blind over the middle of the field. Needs to learn to put more touch on the football underneath as well. Hasn’t learned how to throw the “changeup” yet and consistently throws the “fastball” that will bounce off his receiver’s hands in the short passing game. Is limited in his ability to go through his progressions and will struggle to find his second/third options on any particular play. Will try to force the football into coverage too much, throwing late and/or off balance down the field.
Takes the majority of his snaps from the pistol or gun, and although he is a better athlete than his body type would indicate, he isn’t real long and might struggle to quickly get away from center in his drop at the next level.
Impression: A gunslinger who has a strong arm and knows how to get the football down the field on a rope. Now, he is undersized, is sloppy with his throwing mechanics and doesn’t have a great feel for the underneath pass game at this stage. But because of his strong arm and ability to make all the throws, he should at least get a shot in an NFL training camp to compete as a potential number three QB.
WR Terrance Turner: No. 1 (6-2, 205)
A tall, long-armed receiver who isn’t real explosive off the snap. Strides into his routes and takes some time to get into second gear. Builds up speed as he goes and can be tough to cover the further down the field he gets, once he gets his long legs going. However, lacks great speed and isn’t a precise or sudden route runner. Consistently is forced to gear down out of his breaks, chop his feet and rounds off his breaks.
Displays the ability to use his long frame in order to go up and make a play on the football. However, isn’t real balanced and struggles to keep his feet under him and cleanly go up and make a play. Isn’t real physical when asked to shrug off contact down the field and doesn’t have the type of lateral quickness required to beat press at the next level, as he’s rarely asked to line-up on the line of scrimmage in the Indiana offense.
Impression: A nice-sized wideout, but lacks ideal burst, balance and overall explosion in all areas of the game. Simply doesn’t offer enough to make an NFL roster.
OT James Brewer: No. 73 (6-7, 332)
A massive offensive tackle prospect with a large, heavy-looking frame. Isn’t a real gifted athlete, struggles to keep his base down initially off the snap and lacks range when asked to reach the corner. Consistently is aided by a tight end in pass protection and/or is simply asked to block down off the snap. Struggles to cleanly redirect when asked to hold up at all in space one-on-one and easily allows opposing pass rushers to side step his block and accelerate up the field. Showcases below-average balance on his kick-slide, allowing his base to widen easily off the ball and really gets sloppy with his footwork when trying to mirror off the edge.
Displays good length and does do a pretty good job extending his arms into blocks and anchoring at the point on contact. However, doesn’t generate much of a burst off the snap in the run game and is really limited on the move. Lacks ideal balance in all areas of the game, overextending into his target and consistently falls off blocks.
Impression: A big, heavy-footed offensive tackle who lacks the kind of athleticism needed to stick to blocks at the next level.
LB Tyler Replogle: No. 46 (6-1, 237)
A shorter, compact backer who isn’t real instinctive when asked to read his run keys inside. Struggles to quickly locate the football, has a tendency to run himself out of plays and struggles to take on blocks inside. Now, does a nice job using his hands to keep himself clean, but lacks the power to anchor with much force and is consistently pushed past/washed out from the play initially on contact. Struggles to make many plays away from his frame on perimeter runs. Lacks the range to outrun blocks and is consistently hit/knocked off balance in pursuit. However, displays a motor that runs nonstop and does work hard from the backside. Isn’t real rangy, but gives an honest effort and will work toward the football consistently until the whistle.
Isn’t a real physical tackler but wraps up well on contact, although he doesn’t generate much of a thrust through his hips, limiting his power on contact. Looks stiff when asked to turn and run down the field in coverage. Lacks ideal range and isn’t a guy who can cleanly redirect and quickly make his way toward the football in zone.
Impression: A limited athlete who lacks ideal size and simply doesn’t have the skill set needed to hold up in any area of the game in the NFL.
SS/WR/ATH Mitchell Evans: No. 5 (6-1, 206)
A coordinated athlete who has experience at both quarterback and wide receiver, but in 2010 is expected to make the move to strong safety. Has some high school experience as a safety and did see some playing time there as a freshman at Indiana in 2007.
Lacks great straight-line speed and isn’t a threat to run by anyone in the NFL. However, displays natural body control with the ball in his hands and knows how to change gears and go up and get the football as a receiver. Has a natural feel for the game and really looks comfortable handling the football and deciphering information quickly as a wildcat quarterback.
Impression: Will need to be re-evaluated during the season, but has the type of natural coordination and feel to at least intrigue as a prospect. However, he still has a long ways and isn’t anything more than a long shot at this stage to make an NFL roster.
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